Here at Latimer, we wanted to shed some light on Benjamin Leroux in Burgundy, a producer we are fortunate to work with, yet one we feel still doesn’t get the limelight and attention merited.
Although originally from Burgundy, he does not originate from a vigneron family. Despite this, Benjamin has established himself as one of the most talented and versatile winemakers of his generation.
Starting young, his curiosity led him to the Beaune lycée viticole at the young age of 15, while also interning for Pascal Marchand at Domaine du Comte Armand.
Via stints at the likes of Château Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux, Domaine Drouhin in Oregon and Louis Jadot and Jean-Yves Devevey in Beaune, he then made a name for himself as régisseur (General Manager) of Comte Armand aged just 24. Alongside this role, in 2007 he set up his own Domaine and micro-négoce with the backing of a few English wine fanatics. He hasn’t looked back since, fully stepping back from Comte Armand after the 2014 vintage to solely focus on his enterprise.
Benjamin has enviable holdings and contracts throughout Burgundy, from village level to Grand Cru, for both reds and whites, with over 50 different wines being made each vintage.
His winemaking talent is obvious to see and whilst not every cuvée deserved superlatives, there is serious quality throughout his range from top to bottom. Neal Martin, January 2020
He is an ardent follower of organic and biodynamic viticultural practices and is on a constant search for aromatic intensity and purity in his wines. This is an impressive set up and the wines are well worth exploring.
Popular on release, we are privileged to secure good amounts each year. On the whites, he is probably most known for bottlings from the villages of Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. For the reds, Volnay and Gevrey-Chambertin gain the most attention.
Leroux’s village Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the best value reds in Burgundy at this level, the 2018 is a steal at £195 per case IB and comes highly recommended. The 2019 and 2020 are en route also.
The Beaune 1er Cru Cent Vignes is offered exclusively to Latimer Vintners in the UK. This wine offers Premier Cru red Burgundy, from old vines and a stellar producer, for just over £40 per bottle on the table. The 2019 (£198 per case IB) will be a treat to open after a couple more years in the cellar